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165 entrants and 255 km of stages: this is the menu of the West Cork Rally.

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Record entries for the second round of the Irish Asphalt Championship.

There will be 165 crews entered in the West Cork Rally, the second event of the Irish Asphalt Championship and the first of the new Stellantis UK/Ireland trophy.
The event, based in Cork, sees an increase of six entries compared to the previous season, a sign of the excellent health of the Irish Asphalt Championship. The route consists of eighteen special stages, divided into three days of competition, totaling 255.7 kilometers of timed stages.

The cars entered in the Rally2 category are twenty-three, with several contenders for the overall victory. Among the main protagonists at the start are Josh Moffett (Citroen C3 Rally2), Callum Devine (Volkswagen Golf GTi R5), and Keith Cronin (Ford Fiesta Rally2). However, local enthusiasts will be particularly interested in William Creighton, who is competing in Cork to prepare for the British Championship and the Croatia Rally.

Among the other participants in the Rally2 category, notable names include British driver Matt Edwards (Ford Fiesta Rally2), David Kelly (Volkswagen Golf GTi R5), and Declan Boyle (Citroen C3 Rally2).

A substantial group of sixteen crews are competing in the rally4/R2 category, with thirteen of them entered in the first round of the Stellantis UK/Ireland trophy. Favorites include Ryan MacHugh (Ford Fiesta Rally4), Keelan Grogan (Peugeot 208 Rally4), and Joseph Kelly (Peugeot 208 Rally4).

Another significant group of entries consists of “small” cars, with several Ford Escort MK2s on the starting list. Among the most notable entries are the Ford Ka driven by Pat Calnan, the Hillman Avenger of James Symington, and the two Darrian T90 GTR+s of James Stafford and John Dalton.